Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today's Top Ten List

Top Ten Reasons NOT to let your one year old run around diaperless...

10. He will probably pee on the floor

9. Your dog will probably lick up the pee- GROSS!

8. He may poop on the floor

7. He may even poop on his play laptop

6.He may also smear the poop on every other toy in the room

5. He will probably smear the poop all over himself

4. He will definitely smear the poop all over the carpeting in your bedroom

3. Your dog may come "help" with the clean up process- GROSSER!

2. You will probably be out of resolve

1. The poop will probably end up in his mouth....

JK- Number one did not happen....but 2-10 did

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Everett's First Year


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Here it is...the long awited photo montage of Ev's first big year! I tried to cut it down, but man it's difficult. So many things have happened and he has grown so much. He is Mr. sweetheart and brings amazing joy and happiness to all of our lives. . .I think that is clear while watching this video!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dear Everett,

My Dear Son,

You are one year old. What an amazing accomplishment! And I mean that sincerely because there were times I wondered if your sister might accidentally kill you. However, you are almost as big as her now and I think secretly plotting a cou d'eta. I am looking forward to the shift of power and will watch with amusement as Holden stares at all of us in disbelief when you become the King! Her reign has been long enough...I think we all agree.

When I think of you the first word that pops in my head is smushy. You have these full smushy cheeks which I could kiss all day. You have a big smushy belly which is super duper ticklish. And, your smushy little toes make me smile every time I look a them. You even pull off your shoes and socks every chance you get just so you can gaze at your smushy toes!

I want you to know who you were at one, so here is my list of important facts about one year old Everett.

You love to run and don't mind falling on your face. You have lots of bruises to prove your ambition.

You just learned to "dance." You start bopping up and down and banging your hands on your lap when a tune strikes you.

Holden makes you laugh more than anything or anyone else in the world. So while she can be rough, she is your prime entertainment and she LOVES to see you smile.

Speaking of your sister, when you cry, she gives you her baby and tells me, " he wants you to pick him up and he needs his milk!" When I am changing your diaper and you get mad at me and start squirming and screaming she sings to you. Usually Mary Had a Little Lamb. She always wants to sit next to you and "pet"you. She rubs your hair, kisses you on top your head, and says, "I love you Ev-E." She only calls you Ev-E.

Your favorite books are Where is Spot and Peek-a-Baby. You lift the flaps and turn the pages by yourself. You know which direction to hold the book and to "read" it left to right. Makes your teacher mom very proud!

You are not speaking at all! No words yet! I could really use a "momma." The Dr. assures me that you are so all consumed with your physical accomplishments that you have no energy left to waste on learning to talk.

You eat a lot...like three times more than Holden. Grapes, applesauce, cream cheese, graham and animal crackers are your favorite things.

You do not like the car, you won't sleep and mostly complain. After about 40 minutes the complaints turn into screams. You will have to learn to be a car person since Dad and I are!

Mostly you are silly, sweet, rolly polly, loving, and happy. A complete miracle and joy every single day! I couldn't love you one ounce more...xoxo Mommy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rituals



A few weeks ago, Ian's dad asked me, "why have a first birthday party, he won't even remember?"

It really got me thinking as to why this first birthday party was so important to me. Truthfully, he won't remember it, but that's not really the point is it?

The point is having friends and family gather to celebrate life! One beautiful year with a miraculous baby. Sleepless nights, ear infections, first smiles, diaper explosions, learning to walk, ...all of it. The point is Ian and I survived!!

It is the rituals of our lives which make life wonderful, special, and memorable. Everett will look back at pictures of this party and listen to us tell stories of all the silly, sweet, and crazy things he did during his first year. Through those pictures and stories he will see and feel the love and happiness that all of our loved ones feel towards him. He (and maybe more so we) deserves a celebration and our loved ones wanted to be included in that celebration.

Now is the time for us to begin OUR traditions. Start new ones, uphold old ones, and change ones we didn't like from our childhoods. This is our chance to start building the memories that our children will hold dear.

So here it is...the party....


I was mildly excited with my cake success. I may move to NY and try out for Cake Boss!

Everett was in a fantastic mood and loved running around all of the people and chasing all of the kids.


I took old moving boxes and turned them into race cars.


I was pretty excited that the kids actually ran around pretending to race.

Ev was super excited to dig into the cake and ate it like a machine again. He does like to eat....



The party was amazing, crazy, fun, and everything we hoped it would be. And yes, Everett will not remember it, but I will always remember him smiling, laughing, hugging me, and dripping his slobbery kisses all over me.

This is the point....



Here are the rest of our pictures
http://picasaweb.google.com/KimHanou/EverettSSecondFirstBirthdayParty?authkey=Gv1sRgCNOprcOAq8HnnAE#

Seriously?



How in the world are these kids ALWAYS sick?
I haven't even had the chance to tell the world about Holden's bout with pneumonia and two ER visits while we were in PA or Everett's double ear infection right when we got back from PA. And here we are with an as yet undiagnosed rash COVERING this boy's body. At first I thought it was a food allergy, then a reaction to the MMR vaccine. Now, the Dr. thinks it is an "nonallergic reaction to antibiotics." If he still has the rash tomorrow the last diagnosis is wrong and we will have to go in for further investigation. These pictures do not even do justice to this rash. It is everywhere! Raised blotchy bumps. Luckily, it doesn't seem to be bothering him. I am jst hoping it isn't some contagious evil disease.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Everett's First-First Birthday Party Weekend


Who gets TWO first birthday parties? Everett does! And boy does he deserve them-he is such a happy, cute, loving baby. We were back in PA for a visit with my family and Bobby (Ian's best friend from high school) and Meagan's wedding. While we were there Ev celebrated his big first birthday. SO of course we had to take the opportunity to have a big party with all of my family there to help eat the cake.

Which my mom so generously made! All of the party success goes to my mom, because while we were in Pittsburgh (more on that later), she was home babysitting the kiddies, baking, and cooking for the shindig. There were probably 25 people singing to Ev and he just smiled the whole time. He was super duper excited for the cupcake!

Once he shoved it into his mouth, he did not let go. He just kept shoving and shoving. I think he was afraid he would lose it if he took a breath, so he just ate it like he was in a contest.



Miss Holden was a bit out of sorts because (unknown to us) she had pneumonia.



On Monday, Ian and I took her to the ER where they realized her Oxygen levels were low, she received a breathing treatment, a chest x-ray, was diagnosed with viral pneumonia and they released us on good behavior. Seriously, the Dr. said, "we would usually admit a child with O2 levels this low, but you guys look responsible, so we will let you take her home. Just bring her back if she gets worse." Huh? How am I supposed to tell if her O2 level drops again? I may look responsible, but I am no Dr. So of course I was terrified and slept with her, or didn't sleep with her I should say. She was a mess. Then all day Tuesday she was still a wreck with a fever and we ended up back in the emergency room that afternoon. I was petrified she was dehydrated (reliving the good old hand, foot, and mouth drama) and I wanted her O2 level checked again. She checked out fine and I would only leave with an inhaler (thanks to Aunt Karen's past experiences with her kids). Then on Wed morning we all woke up, Holden was still sick and Everett had a wretched cough and uncontrollable snot pouring out of him. AND, we got to fly home that afternoon. The flight actually was fine, but I am definitely done flying with kids for a while.

The nice news is we had a fabulous time in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh...who knew? It is a totally cute, clean, and friendly city. I loved everything, except the gray sky. We got to spend one night at Bobby and Meagan's house and enjoy their renovations and some quiet time prior to wedding festivities. The rehearsal dinner was the most delicious italian food EVER and the wedding was unbelievable! The reception was in a conservatory and it was a winding maze through a rainforrest to get to cocktail hour. We were surrounded with ponds, waterfalls, lush tropical trees and plants. It was probably the coolest wedding venue I have ever been to. And the cookies! There must have been 2000 cookies. And the candy! A gigantic candy table. I am definitely a sweets person and I was in heaven. Bobby and Meagan are the sweetest couple and Ian was completely honored to be one of the best men and took his speech VERY seriously. The co-best men were e-mailing for weeks to orchestrate their joint speech. The did a great job, and I hope Bobby and Meagan know how much they mean to us!!!! It was such a nice adult get away and mini vaca from parent duties. We need to do that more often!

Oh Christmas Tree

A few years ago we went to this great Christmas Tree place in Evergreen and now that we are back in Denver, we were on a mission to find it again. Lucky Lure Christmas Extravaganza was so much fun! There was a sleigh, music, free "warmers" (apple cider spiked with your choice of liquor),a walking path along a frozen creek, huge inflated Christmas decorations, and ....oh yeah trees. The kids were so good and had a blast on their first tree hunt together. Everett was constrained to the backpack since he is still a little wobbly with the walking, but Holden ran all over the place. We didn't get to cut it ourselves, but the whole experience was easy and fun(with free drinks)-so we will take it!

For some reason blogspot is being difficult and will not upload my pics...so here is the link to a web album with our tree hunting pics!

http://picasaweb.google.com/KimHanou/2009Nov15?authkey=Gv1sRgCIeUjbDztoC_XQ#

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